The award-winning and highly talented research and clinical leadership team, led by Director Professor Leah Bromfield and Deputy Directors, Associate Professor Melissa O’Donnell and Ms Amanda Paton, have pioneered new approaches with some of the most vulnerable children, families and communities in Australia.

Leadership Team

 Professor Leah Bromfield
Director and Chair of Child Protection
Amanda Paton
Deputy Director, Practice
Lisa McDonald
Centre Manager

Research staff

Prof Vickie Hovane
Research Professor
Dr James Herbert
Senior Research Fellow
Dr Sharni Chan
Research Fellow
Dr Sarah Cox
Research Fellow
Dr Martine Hawkes
Research Fellow
Dr Olivia Octoman
Research Fellow
Dr Miriam McLean
Research Fellow
Dr Lesley-Anne Ey
Senior Lecturer
Mr Fernando Lima
Research Assistant
Sian Burgess
Project Manager: Excellence in Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect (PERCAN)
Phoebe Edgeworth
Sessional Teaching Academic
Emily Russell
Sessional Teaching Academic
Jacqueline Le Mesurier
Sessional Teaching Academic
Kate Minosora
Sessional Teaching Academic
Emma Cole-Henley
Sessional Teaching Academic
Sarah Shihata
Academic Researcher
Dr Eden Thain
Research Assistant

Professional Staff 

Anastasia Papadopoulos
Administrative Officer
Jenny Macpherson
Administrative Officer
Ann Lilley
Administration Officer
Liz Palmer
Administrative Officer
Charlotte Mackenzie
Administrative Officer


Aunt Sue.jpgThe Centre is honoured to have Aunt Sue Blacklock OAM, respected Elder of the Nucoorilma people from Tingha, part of the Gamilaraay nation, as our inaugural Ambassador for Children. Aunt Sue is a passionate advocate for Aboriginal children and young people and is concerned about the number of Aboriginal young people in out-of-home care, outside of community.

"It's a privilege and an honour to be an Ambassador for the children, my main aim is to make sure kids are safe and that they have a voice and that they are heard."